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‘When you thought it couldn’t get any worse …’

Heidi Rice
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado ” The first of Rifle’s two new roundabouts is expected to be finished within the next two weeks ” but not without some more delays.

On Wednesday, Aug. 13, traffic lights were replaced with stop signs at Airport Road and the eastbound exit south of Interstate 70.

“There will be a four-way stop at Airport Road and the eastbound ramp of I-70 will have a three-way stop,” said Gary Osier, public relations roundabout coordinator for the city. “And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse. Everyone will have to

play nice.”

Starting Sunday, Aug. 17, the lanes on Colorado Highway 13 will shift from the west to the east side, and South Seventh Street will be closed for seven days, Osier said.

Traffic will be detoured for about a week from County Road 332 to Megan Avenue (by the professional buildings west of Grand River Medical Center.)

Flaggers will be on hand to direct traffic.

“People who live within sight of the intersection will have to go all the way around on South Whiteriver and come back,” Osier said. “It’s a hassle, but in the end, there will be a functional roundabout.”

The roundabout and South Seventh Street will reopen on Aug. 24.

A closure of the east-bound off ramp into Rifle on I-70 is expected to start Sept. 3, during construction of the roundabout at the I-70 interchange.

“But when that opens back up, we’ll have a fully functional roundabout,” Osier said.

Construction of the roundabout at I-70 is expected to be completed sometime in September.

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